The 2022 CSU Student Research Competition (SRC) will be held virtually on Friday April 29 and Saturday, April 31. Students will present their work through a pre-recorded video and be ready to participate in a live (virtual) Q&A with a jury and an audience. Student projects can be individually or multiply authored. 

CSUCI students are encouraged to submit a 5-page research summary to present at this year's CSU Student Research Competition (SRC). This event is the premiere showcase for student research in the CSU. Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at any CSU campus and alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in spring, summer or fall 2021 are eligible to participate in the SRC. Each CSU campus is allowed up to 10 projects.

To participate, students must submit a five-page research summary by March 4, 2022. See the submission guidelines below.

The submissions link for 2022 proposals is now open.

SRC 2022 Timeline

  • March 4, 2022: complete research summaries are due
  • March 11, 2022: student selections are announced
  • Students revise summaries after consulting the Multiliteracy and Writing Center (WMC)
  • March 18, 2022: Each student registers (if their submission is accepted)
  • April 2021: students prepare oral presentations
  • April 15, 2022: student submit link to their recorded presentation
  • April 29 & April 30, CSU Student Research Competition (live Q&A) 

Submission Guidelines

Students must submit a five-page research summary. The format of the summary is prescribed by the SRC.

The research summary must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • It is limited to 5 pages of text, double-spaced.
  • 3 additional pages are allowed for a bibliography, figures, tables, and/or graphics
  • Student authors should keep in mind that they are writing for an interdisciplinary audience

If we receive more than 10 CI student submissions, a group of interdisciplinary faculty will review and score the research summaries. Selection will be made on the quality of the summary and with efforts to ensure a contingent of student projects that is broadly representative of academic disciplines.

Submit the completed research summary. (link will be open on March 11, 2022)

Competition Categories

  • Behavioral, Social Sciences, and Public Administration
  • Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Business, Economics, and Hospitality Management
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Education
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
  • Humanities and Letters
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences
  • Interdisciplinary

Scoring Guidelines

  • Superlative: 15
  • Excellent: 12 – 14
  • Very Good: 9 – 11
  • Good: 6 – 8
  • Fair: 3 – 5
  • Poor: 0 – 2


Students will present their work through a pre-recorded video and be ready to participate in a live
(virtual) Q&A with a jury and an audience. Students will compete by discipline category and,
where feasible, by division (undergraduate/graduate), as described above in “Who May

Each student will have eight (8) minutes for the pre-recorded portion of their work and five
minutes to listen and respond to juror and audience questions. All entrants may use audiovisual
materials as appropriate. All entrants should focus on the rationale, historical context, analysis,
and/or interpretation of their work. 

Each entry (oral presentation plus written summary) will be judged on the following:
• Clarity of purpose
• Appropriateness of methodology
• Interpretation of results
• Value of the research or creative activity
• Ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity
• Organization of the material presented
• Presenter’s ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience

See the full scoring rubric that will be used by CSU Competition Judges.


More information about the overall competition can be found at the 2022 CSU Student Research
Competition website. Additional questions related to the CI Student submission and selection process should be directed to the

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